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Jules Verne

(Jules Gabriel Verne)
France (1828 - 1905)

One of the principal inventors of what later became known as sf, Jules Verne wrote highly coloured nineteenth century romantic adventure stories, many of which turn on wonderful inventions like submarines or flying machines or on amazing events like the grazing of the Earth by a comet (in Hector Servadac). Verne was a Frenchman of Radical sympathies, many of whose stories turn on his political sympathies--it is significant that Captain Nemo in 20000 Leagues under the Sea is a rebel against British imperialism in India, and many of his villains are Southerners from the Confederacy or Prussians; Verne was fond of comic national stereotypes--the heroes of From Earth to the Moon and Around the World in Eighty Days are respectively joke Yankee engineers and an English clubman obsessed with punctuality. Among his other books that have worn best are Five Weeks in a Balloon and A Journey to the Centre of the Earth. There is always an interesting tension in Verne between his passionate involvement in the products of his imagination and his desire for accuracy. Verne greatly admired the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, and stressed the importance of strict scientific accuracy, disparaging H G Wells for his more cavalier inventiveness.

Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller
Voyages Extraordinaires
   1. Five Weeks in a Balloon (1863)
     aka Journeys and Discoveries in Africa by Three Englishmen
   2. Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras (1863)
   3. A Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1864)
     aka A Journey To The Interior Of The Earth
   4. From the Earth to the Moon (1865)
   5. In Search of the Castaways (1867)
   6. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1869)
   7. Round the Moon (1869)
   8. A Floating City (1871)
   9. Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians (1872)
     aka Measuring a Meridian
   10. The Fur Country (1872)
   11. Around the World in Eighty Days (1872)
   12. The Mysterious Island (1875)
   13. The Survivors Of The Chancellor (1875)
     aka The Chancellor
   14. Michel Strogoff (1876)
   15. Hector Servadac (1876)
     aka Off On A Comet
   16. The Underground City (1877)
     aka Black Indies
   17. A Captain at Fifteen (1878)
     aka Dick Sand
   18. The Begum's Fortune (1879)
   19. Tribulations Of A Chinaman (1879)
   20. The Steam House (1880)
   21. Eight Hundred Leagues On The Amazon (1881)
     aka The Cryptogram
   22. The Robinson Crusoe School (1883)
   23. The Green Ray (1882)
   24. Keraban the Inflexible (1883)
   25. The Southern Star (1884)
     aka The Vanished Diamond
   26. The Archipelago on Fire (1884)
   27. Mathias Sandorf (1885)
   28. The Lottery Ticket (1886)
   29. Robur The Conqueror (1886)
     aka Clipper Of The Clouds
   30. North Against South (1887)
     aka Texar's Revenge
   31. The Flight to France (1887)
   32. Two Years Holiday (1888)
   33. Family Without a Name (1889)
   34. Topsy Turvy (1889)
   35. Caesar Cascabel (1890)
   36. Mistress Branican (1891)
   37. The Castle of the Carpathians (1892)
   38. Claudius Bombarnac (1892)
     aka Adventures of a Special Correspondent
   39. Little Fellow (1893)
   40. Captain Antifer (1894)
   41. Propeller Island (1895)
     aka Floating Island
   42. Facing the Flag (1896)
     aka For the Flag
   43. Clovis Dardentor (1896)
   44. The Sphinx of the Ice (1897)
     aka An Antarctic Mystery
   45. The Superb Orinoco (1898)
   46. The Will of an Eccentric (1899)
   47. Second Fatherland (1900)
   48. The Aerial Village (1901)
     aka Village in the Treetops
   49. The Sea Serpent (1901)
   50. The Kip Brothers (1902)
   51. Scholarships for Travel (1903)
   52. A Drama in Livonia (1904)
   53. Master of the World (1904)
   54. The Invasion of the Sea (1905)
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Non fiction
Anthologies containing stories by Jules Verne
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Short stories
Into Space
The Ordeal of Dr Trifulgas
The Storm
The Carpathian Castle (excerpt) (1892)

Books about Jules Verne
Jules Verne (1978) by Peter Costello
Jules Verne (2000) by Edmund J Smyth
Jules Verne (2006) by William Butcher